The deputies propose to introduce a separate allowance for citizens who are temporarily unemployed due to a ban on employer activities during a pandemic. According to the legislators, it should be paid in the amount of the employee’s average earnings, but not less than the minimum wage. Bill submitted to the State Duma.
The initiative was taken by representatives of the Communist Party faction Vladimir Kashin, Nikolai Arefiev, Nikolai Kolomeitsev and Valentin Shurchanov. They believe that it is necessary to legalize the status of “forced unemployed”. According to the document, it is necessary to include citizens who were left without work, despite the employment contract concluded with the employer during the period of “adoption by the authorized government body of a normative legal act temporarily prohibiting the employer’s activities under special legal regimes.” Forced unemployed people should be entitled to increased unemployment benefits, as well as those citizens with whom the employment contract was terminated at the initiative of the employer, it is noted in the explanatory note to the bill.
It is also proposed to retain the right to maximum payments for self-employed and non-hired individual entrepreneurs who ceased their activities during the pandemic due to the restrictions imposed. The explanatory note to the document says that in most regions, self-employed citizens have been able to register only since January 2020 and, therefore, cannot count on government support measures. As well as individual entrepreneurs who have been removed from tax records, now they are only entitled to a minimum unemployment benefit in the amount of 1,500 rubles per month.